Usually, one loses a tooth from extensive dental treatment over time, periodontal disease or an accident. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the best solution to restore your mouth to good health again.
Implanted teeth can either be permanent or removable; the condition of your mouth determines the most appropriate way to utilize dental implants. People missing only one or two teeth with healthy gums will usually use implants to hold crowns replacing the missing teeth. People with advanced gum disease or missing multiple teeth will often opt for either fixed or removable dentures.
Ideal candidates for dental implants are people in good health who are non-smokers with good gum health and a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw. If you are interested in dental implants, contact our office!
Whether you have one tooth or multiple teeth missing, our dentist will be able to help you decide which implant treatment plan works best for you.
Advantages of Implants
Dentures and bridges may seem like the cheaper option at first, but the cost does slowly increase once you take into consideration that many people who need implants have a history of repetitious dental treatment due to poor health, diet or healthcare.
Dental implants do not decay, nor do they move around. Dentures need to be replaced about every 10 years, while implants can last a lifetime. Dentures also can compromise the health of your other teeth because they use your surrounding teeth for support. Implants do not directly rely on surrounding teeth. Implants are easier to clean, are better at chewing, are long lasting, and fit firmly to the jaw, making them a preferable alternative to dentures.
Post Treatment Care
Once you have your implants, you can treat them just like you would with your natural teeth. Implants do not get cavities like natural teeth, but they can get gum disease. You should brush, floss and make sure you schedule regular checkups with our office. The more you care for your implants, the less chance you have of damaging them, just like natural teeth.
Sinus Lift Augmentation: The quantity of bone is essential for implants to be placed. The upper back jaw is specifically difficult for implants because of the lack of bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinuses often expand after the loss of back teeth. A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity back to its original size by replacing the bone that was lost due to the enlarged sinus. The new bone graft typically takes up to 14 months to heal, but once the graft has healed, implants can be placed.
Autogenous Bone Grafting: Sometimes the area of the mouth that requires an implant does not have the proper bone mass. Autogenous bone grafting takes a portion of bone from another area of your mouth or body and grafts it to the area where the implant is needed.
Bone Preservation Grafting: It is common for the surrounding bone to be lost when an infected tooth needs to be pulled. A doctor can choose to perform different methods of bone grafting at the time the tooth is removed, giving a patient the ability to receive an implant in the future.
Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning: Computer software allows us to perform your implant surgery in the virtual world and assure that it goes smoothly when we actually do it. It gives us the opportunity to evaluate your bone quality, quantity, and location and pick the best possible spot for your implants. This technology also gives us the opportunity to work easily to ensure optimal results for your implants.
Implant Maintenance: It is important to keep your implants clean and infection free after they are placed. The daily care of implants is similar to natural teeth. Use a toothbrush and floss to clean plaque off of your implant. It is also important to schedule regular professional cleanings with our office to keep your implants healthy.
Note: Our office does not perform some of these procedures – we may either provide alternate treatment or refer you to another doctor for specific services.